Foun­da­tion of a Free and Pros­per­ous Life of The Na­tion

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On De­cem­ber 7, a cer­e­mo­nial meet­ing ded­i­cated to the 25th an­niver­sary of the adop­tion of the coun­try's Con­sti­tu­tion was held at the «Uzbek­istan» Palace of In­ter­na­tional Fo­rums. State and pub­lic fig­ures, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sci­ence, cul­ture, art, sports and the gen­eral pub­lic, em­bassies of for­eign coun­tries and rep­re­sen­ta­tion of­fices of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions took part in it.

The fes­tive event was ad­dressed by the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev. He stressed that twen­ty­five years - for his­tory only a mo­ment. In this short pe­riod of time, Uzbek­istan has es­tab­lished it­self as an in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign state, has taken a wor­thy place in the world com­mu­nity, has passed a truly huge path of de­vel­op­ment.

It is quite nat­u­ral that all the suc­cesses achieved on this un­easy and at the same time glo­ri­ous way, we, first of all, are con­nected with our Con­sti­tu­tion. Af­ter all, the Ba­sic Law en­shrined the guar­an­tees of na­tional in­de­pen­dence, which our peo­ple, hu­man rights and free­doms dreamed of for many years, and the path of de­vel­op­ment we have cho­sen.

On the ba­sis of our Con­sti­tu­tion, the na­tional leg­isla­tive sys­tem, state bod­ies, and in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try's civil so­ci­ety have been formed. At present, large-scale re­forms are be­ing im­ple­mented in all spheres. The so­cio-eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and de­fense po­ten­tial of the state is con­stantly grow­ing, the worldview of our cit­i­zens is ex­pand­ing. All this is a direct re­sult of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ba­sic Law of the coun­try, which has lifeaf­firm­ing power.

At the same time, we are well aware that we are fac­ing im­por­tant tasks in or­der to fully im­ple­ment the re­quire­ments of our Con­sti­tu­tion. We still have a lot to do to fur­ther im­prove the level and qual­ity of life of our peo­ple, the real main­te­nance of hu­man rights and in­ter­ests. Not in the fu­ture, but to­day our com­pa­tri­ots should, through the ex­am­ple of their lives, see and feel the re­sults of the re­forms.

With this in mind, the head of state noted, we adopted the Strat­egy of Ac­tions on the five pri­or­ity de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tions of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan in

2017-2021. This doc­u­ment in its essence has be­come a «road map» of sys­temic re­forms in all spheres of life of our so­ci­ety.

Within the frame­work of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Strat­egy of Ac­tions, more than

20 laws and over 700 by-laws were adopted this year alone. And we will con­tinue this work in the fu­ture.

In 2017, an­nounced in the coun­try by the Year of Di­a­logue with the Peo­ple and Hu­man In­ter­ests, sig­nif­i­cant work was done to im­ple­ment the motto «Hu­man in­ter­ests is above all», pro­claimed by us. This work has be­come an­other im­por­tant step in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the key prin­ci­ples of our Con­sti­tu­tion.

In the Ad­dress of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan, which will soon be pre­sented for the first time to the cham­bers of the Oliy Ma­jlis, a de­tailed anal­y­sis of the re­sults of the cur­rent year will be made and the name of the new year will be an­nounced. We will name the up­com­ing year tak­ing into ac­count the wishes and in­ter­ests of our peo­ple, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev stressed.

As it is known, this year a fun­da­men­tally new in­sti­tu­tion was cre­ated in the sys­tem of state power - the Vir­tual Re­cep­tion of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan, and on the ground - the Peo­ple's Re­cep­tion. Th­ese struc­tures have be­come an ef­fec­tive sys­tem of in­ter­ac­tion of pub­lic au­thor­i­ties and man­age­ment at all lev­els with cit­i­zens, ad­dress­ing the most press­ing prob­lems of the pop­u­la­tion.

The role and im­por­tance of the rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies of power elected by the peo­ple - the par­lia­ment, the Ken­gashes of peo­ple's deputies in the so­cio-po­lit­i­cal life of our coun­try - have rad­i­cally changed. The pow­ers of the Oliy Ma­jlis, po­lit­i­cal par­ties have been grad­u­ally ex­panded; the in­sti­tu­tions of par­lia­men­tary and pub­lic con­trol are be­ing strength­ened.

From now on, in the city of Tashkent, the Ken­gashes of Peo­ple's Deputies will act at the district level. Un­til now, there were no such struc­tures in the cap­i­tal's dis­tricts. Hav­ing re­stored jus­tice, we have made cor­re­spond­ing changes in the Con­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try. Res­i­dents of Tashkent now also had the op­por­tu­nity through their rep­re­sen­ta­tives - deputies to par­tic­i­pate in the man­age­ment of the dis­tricts of the city.

In the past pe­riod, con­sis­tent work has also been car­ried out to de­moc­ra­tize the ex­ec­u­tive branch. The range of tasks and pow­ers of the gov­ern­ment has been ex­panded, its re­spon­si­bil­ity has been in­creased, and ac­count­abil­ity to the par­lia­ment has been strength­ened. This be­came a prac­ti­cal em­bod­i­ment of the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple en­shrined in Ar­ti­cle 7 of the Con­sti­tu­tion: «The peo­ple are the only source of state power».

We at­tach spe­cial im­por­tance to rad­i­cal re­forms in the ju­di­cial and le­gal sphere, be­cause the prac­ti­cal re­sults are di­rectly linked to en­sur­ing the hu­man rights en­shrined in our Con­sti­tu­tion.

In this process, the fo­cus is on cre­at­ing am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for our cit­i­zens to ex­er­cise their rights. The Law «On Ap­peals of In­di­vid­u­als and Cor­po­rate En­ti­ties» was adopted in ac­cor­dance with which the meth­ods of cir­cu­la­tion con­ve­nient for the pop­u­la­tion were in­tro­duced - through «hot­lines», mo­bile and video­con­fer­enc­ing.

In or­der to en­sure the rights of cit­i­zens, en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, to ap­ply to state bod­ies and in­sti­tu­tions, the pro­ce­dure for re­ceiv­ing ap­pli­ca­tions in meet­ings with the pop­u­la­tion was in­tro­duced to peo­ple's rep­re­sen­ta­tives. To­day, not cit­i­zens, but of­fi­cials go to the peo­ple. This is a great pos­i­tive re­sult.

Many lead­ers think that all this is tem­po­rary, work for one year. Let them learn well - the bridges are al­ready burnt. Now we will not go back.

This year, the lead­ers of ju­di­cial, law en­force­ment and su­per­vi­sory bod­ies, as well as com­mer­cial banks in many re­gions of our coun­try held exit re­cep­tions on is­sues re­lated to fight­ing and pre­vent­ing cor­rup­tion, which were at­tended by 43,127 cit­i­zens.

At th­ese events 22,186 ap­peals were re­ceived from cit­i­zens re­gard­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of loans, de­ci­sions of law en­force­ment and ju­di­cial bod­ies, em­ploy­ment and pay­ment of wages, en­trepreneur­ship, elec­tric­ity and gas, health and other is­sues. On 6,484 ap­peals de­ci­sions were made on the spot, 15,702 ap­peals were sub­mit­ted to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties for con­sid­er­a­tion. On 94 cases, of­fi­cial checks were ap­pointed; re­spon­si­bil­ity of the guilty per­sons was es­tab­lished.

Pre­vi­ously, the heads of the Gen­eral Prose­cu­tor's Of­fice, courts and other bod­ies did not find time to visit the re­gions; they were con­sid­er­ing cases while sit­ting in Tashkent. There­fore, they broke away from life, trou­bling peo­ple's prob­lems.

In this re­gard, I would like to note that an­other im­por­tant doc­u­ment was adopted: the new Law «On the dis­sem­i­na­tion of le­gal in­for­ma­tion and ac­cess to it», which opens up wider op­por­tu­ni­ties for ac­quain­tance with doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the rights and in­ter­ests of cit­i­zens and other ma­te­ri­als. From now on, cit­i­zens are guar­an­teed to re­ceive le­gal in­for­ma­tion from any state bod­ies, other or­ga­ni­za­tions and of­fi­cials with­out any re­stric­tions.

What is the pur­pose of in­tro­duc­ing this or­der? A per­son comes for any doc­u­ment, but the of­fi­cial even the low­est level dares to refuse him: they say, the au­thor­i­ties do not al­low. Now such «games» will not pass. From now on all the lead­ers - from the Pres­i­dent to the low­est level - will serve our peo­ple.

In or­der to im­ple­ment the norms «Every­one has the right to prop­erty» and «Pri­vate prop­erty, along with other forms of prop­erty, in­vi­o­lable and pro­tected by the state», es­tab­lished in our Con­sti­tu­tion, a new in­sti­tu­tion of the Com­mis­sioner un­der the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan for pro­tect­ing the rights and le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of busi­ness en­ti­ties was es­tab­lished.

The ac­tiv­ity of the Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights of the Oliy Ma­jlis of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan has also been im­proved. His pow­ers in ex­er­cis­ing con­trol in pe­nal in­sti­tu­tions were ex­panded.

One of the im­por­tant so­cial is­sues is the pro­vi­sion of peo­ple, who by delu­sion found them­selves on a crim­i­nal path or who sin­cerely re­pented of their deed, the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to so­ci­ety, to their fam­ily. Af­ter all, th­ese peo­ple are also cit­i­zens of Uzbek­istan. On the eve of to­day's his­toric date, I, us­ing my con­sti­tu­tional author­ity as Pres­i­dent, signed a de­cree on par­don­ing 2,700 per­sons con­victed by a court de­ci­sion, the head of state said. In the his­tory of Uzbek­istan, this de­cree was adopted for the first time.

Here I want to clar­ify one point. It's no se­cret that peo­ple who are far from the le­gal sphere do not un­der­stand the dif­fer­ence be­tween amnesty and par­don. We are all well aware that up to now, acts of amnesty have been adopted in our coun­try ev­ery year. The essence of the amnesty is that the cat­e­gory of crimes to which amnesty is ap­plied is first de­fined, and then the per­sons fall­ing un­der this cat­e­gory are de­ter­mined.

Of course, amnesty is one of the im­por­tant mech­a­nisms for par­don­ing peo­ple who have com­mit­ted a crime. How­ever, as anal­y­sis shows, the def­i­ni­tion of ex­emp­tion from li­a­bil­ity with­out a pre­lim­i­nary in-depth study was the rea­son that some­times peo­ple who did not re­pent of the deed did not com­pletely re­pay the dam­age caused by the amnesty. Un­for­tu­nately, there were also cases of cor­rup­tion in this is­sue. Such in­tol­er­a­ble phe­nom­ena were al­lowed both in the bod­ies of the Prose­cu­tor's Of­fice, the Min­istry of In­ter­nal Af­fairs, and the courts.

All of it led to the fact that the amnesty did not real­ize the in­evitabil­ity of pun­ish­ment; they formed a false sense of per­mis­sive­ness. In ad­di­tion, un­der the amnesty, the opin­ion of the af­fected party and the pub­lic was not taken into ac­count, which was the rea­son for the peo­ple's just dis­sat­is­fac­tion. There have been cases of re­peated com­mis­sion of a crime by per­sons re­leased un­der an amnesty.

Tak­ing into ac­count th­ese cir­cum­stances, the spe­cial com­mis­sion held in­di­vid­ual in­ter­views with each per­son serv­ing a sen­tence, the opin­ion of the res­i­dents of the ma­halla where he lived and the af­fected party was stud­ied. The de­gree of grav­ity of the crime com­mit­ted and the jus­tice of the pun­ish­ment im­posed by the court are taken into ac­count. As a re­sult of in-depth anal­y­sis and study of all the facts, a spe­cific cir­cle of con­victs who com­mit­ted crimes by ig­no­rance, sin­cerely re­pented of their ac­tions, firmly ad­her­ing to the path of cor­rec­tion, was de­ter­mined and such per­sons were par­doned.

I was ready to par­don more peo­ple, but our so­ci­ety is not ready for this, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev said. To this end, the cor­re­spond­ing at­mos­phere and aware­ness of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the guar­an­tee must be fully es­tab­lished in our so­ci­ety.

In or­der to strictly com­ply with the pro­hi­bi­tion of forced la­bor, en­shrined in Ar­ti­cle 37 of our Con­sti­tu­tion, a cer­tain work was car­ried out dur­ing the year. In par­tic­u­lar, ef­fec­tive par­lia­men­tary and pub­lic con­trol in this sphere has been es­tab­lished. A par­lia­men­tary com­mis­sion has been set up to en­sure the la­bor rights of cit­i­zens. Deputies and sen­a­tors in the work­ing groups go to all re­gions of the repub­lic, ex­er­cise par­lia­men­tary con­trol in or­der to pre­vent child and forced la­bor.

This year, as you know, we strictly pro­hib­ited the ex­port of stu­dents and em­ploy­ees of bud­getary or­ga­ni­za­tions to com­pul­sory col­lec­tion of cot­ton. Dur­ing the cot­ton season, the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished sys­tem­atic mon­i­tor­ing to pre­vent child and forced la­bor.

As a re­sult of the fact that we took this im­por­tant is­sue un­der our strict con­trol, there was not a sin­gle neg­a­tive case. The work is be­ing rec­og­nized by in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, the gen­eral pub­lic as a whole. Our ef­forts to en­sure hu­man rights are fully in tune with the United Na­tions Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

It should be noted that our Con­sti­tu­tion re­flects the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of the Univer­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights, the 70th an­niver­sary of which will be widely cel­e­brated around the world in 2018. We will also adopt a spe­cial state pro­gram to fully prop­a­gate the essence and sig­nif­i­cance of this first univer­sal in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights doc­u­ment. We take the ini­tia­tive to host in Novem­ber 2018 in Sa­markand the Asian In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Fo­rum as the fi­nal event of our tar­geted prac­ti­cal work.

In or­der to pre­vent crime, new pro­grams and plans are be­ing im­ple­mented; in par­tic­u­lar, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies are widely in­tro­duced. In the ma­hal­las, on the streets, en­ter­prises of trade and ser­vices, more than

114 thou­sand CCTV cam­eras are in­stalled. With their help, about 10 thou­sand crimes were dis­cov­ered. This year, rel­a­tive to 2016, the crime rate de­creased by 14%, which in­di­cates the im­por­tance of such work.

Start­ing from the new year, the pre­ven­tive in­spec­tor, in the ma­halla where no crime is com­mit­ted, will re­ceive a 50 per cent bonus to the monthly wage. Con­versely, from the wages of in­spec­tors for pre­ven­tion, who com­mit crimes in the ter­ri­tory en­trusted to them, 50% will be re­tained. You can­not come from afar and work as a pre­ven­tive in­spec­tor. There­fore, we pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the pro­vi­sion of their hous­ing, of­fice ma­chines.

If we briefly out­line our goal in this area, in the fu­ture we must cre­ate a truly pop­u­lar sys­tem of in­ter­nal af­fairs bod­ies that en­joys the de­served trust and re­spect of the peo­ple and the coun­try.

In the frame­work of the work done in this di­rec­tion, it is nec­es­sary to em­pha­size the cre­ation of a uni­fied sys­tem for com­bat­ing cor­rup­tion.

The adop­tion of the Law «On Com­bat­ing Cor­rup­tion» made it pos­si­ble to unite the ef­forts and po­ten­tial of state bod­ies and civil so­ci­ety in­sti­tu­tions in the fight against this vice.

As is known, in the Ba­sic Law it is de­ter­mined that «the State ex­presses the will of the peo­ple, serves its in­ter­ests.» In or­der to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this norm, the Con­cept of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form was adopted. In ac­cor­dance with it 6 pri­or­ity di­rec­tions of rad­i­cal re­form­ing of the sys­tem of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion are de­fined, on the ba­sis of a spe­cial «road map» ac­tiv­ity of 100 bod­ies of ex­ec­u­tive power is en­vis­aged.

The main ob­jec­tive of ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms is to cre­ate a com­pact and pro­fes­sional sys­tem of ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies, which uses mod­ern man­age­ment meth­ods. The re­sults of the cur­rent re­forms are di­rectly de­pen­dent on the ex­pan­sion of the ranks of young cadres with high spir­i­tu­al­ity, able to in­de­pen­dently think, able to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the des­tiny and the fu­ture of the Mother­land.

To this end, an­other im­por­tant doc­u­ment was adopted - the De­cree «On mea­sures to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of state youth pol­icy and sup­port the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Union of Youth of Uzbek­istan.»

When it comes to this, it should be em­pha­sized that more than 60% of the pop­u­la­tion of Uzbek­istan is young peo­ple un­der the age of 30. You are well aware of the large-scale work be­ing car­ried out in the coun­try to cre­ate all the nec­es­sary con­di­tions for the young gen­er­a­tion, from en­sur­ing a healthy birth to sup­port­ing you in en­ter­ing an in­de­pen­dent life.

It's no se­cret that the sys­tem of preschool ed­u­ca­tion, which is the main link in the ed­u­ca­tion of our chil­dren, does not meet the re­quire­ments of the time, as a re­sult of in­suf­fi­cient at­ten­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the sphere, many prob­lems have ac­cu­mu­lated here. I think that to­day there is no need to prove to some­one the ad­van­tages of up­bring­ing in kinder­garten.

In view of th­ese cir­cum­stances, in Septem­ber this year, the Min­istry of Pre-School Ed­u­ca­tion was es­tab­lished, which was as­signed a num­ber of im­por­tant tasks based on the pri­or­i­ties of the on­go­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms.

In ac­cor­dance with the adopted tar­get pro­gram, in the next 3-4 years in all re­gions of the coun­try - be it large cities or re­mote vil­lages and auls - we must build thou­sands of new pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions. It is nec­es­sary to equip them on the ba­sis of mod­ern re­quire­ments, pro­vide qual­i­fied ed­u­ca­tors and spe­cial­ists, new meth­ods. Just imag­ine what new op­por­tu­ni­ties will emerge for women liv­ing in the coun­try­side, when they can give their chil­dren to a kinder­garten. The child grows in a kinder­garten in a healthy life­style, pre­par­ing for school.

As is known, Ar­ti­cle 53 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of our coun­try pro­vides: «The state guar­an­tees free­dom of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, en­trepreneur­ship and la­bor, tak­ing into ac­count the pri­or­ity of con­sumer rights, equal rights and le­gal pro­tec­tion of all forms of own­er­ship.» As a prac­ti­cal con­fir­ma­tion of this rule, this year in­tro­duced a free con­ver­sion of the na­tional cur­rency - sum. The rate of cus­toms pay­ments has been re­duced by 2 times, un­sched­uled and counter checks of busi­ness en­ti­ties have been can­celed. In or­der to en­sure a de­cent stan­dard of liv­ing for our peo­ple, first of all it is nec­es­sary to build a pow­er­ful econ­omy and in­crease the coun­try's com­pet­i­tive­ness in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

Within the frame­work of the re­al­iza­tion of the so­cial rights of our cit­i­zens, en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, 24 thou­sand houses were built in ru­ral ar­eas on the ba­sis of new stan­dard projects, 187 mod­ern multi-storey build­ings in cities. For the cen­tral­ized pro­vi­sion of the pop­u­la­tion with drink­ing wa­ter, 218 projects have been im­ple­mented; as a re­sult, wa­ter sup­ply for 350 thou­sand peo­ple has been im­proved.

About 800 fam­ily poly­clin­ics and more than 400 am­bu­lance sta­tions have been es­tab­lished on the ba­sis of ru­ral med­i­cal sta­tions. Am­bu­lance ser­vices are pro­vided by 1,260 spe­cial ve­hi­cles. More than 300 pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions have been re­paired. We will give pri­or­ity to the de­vel­op­ment of the health­care sys­tem next year.

The fo­cus of the state and so­ci­ety is the ob­ser­vance of the prin­ci­ple of so­cial jus­tice, the cre­ation of peo­ple in need of help and sup­port to peo­ple, es­pe­cially those with limited phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties, con­di­tions for a full life.

Only this year, 2.6 tril­lion soums of pen­sions and ben­e­fits were paid to the dis­abled. Agree­ments have been signed on al­lo­cat­ing houses for more than

1,200 low-in­come cit­i­zens in need of hous­ing on a pref­er­en­tial ba­sis; 22 bil­lion soums have been al­lo­cated for pri­mary pay­ments. 972 women with dis­abil­i­ties with limited la­bor op­por­tu­ni­ties were pro­vided with sewing ma­chines for home­work, and per­ma­nent sources of in­come were cre­ated. Cit­i­zens of this cat­e­gory on a gra­tu­itous ba­sis is­sued more 7,000 pros­thetic and or­tho­pe­dic aids, over 6,500 wheel­chairs, and about 1,600 hear­ing aids. And there are many such ex­am­ples.

Nev­er­the­less, we still have a lot to do to fully sup­port the lay­ers of the pop­u­la­tion in need of so­cial pro­tec­tion, to pro­vide them with qual­i­fied med­i­cal and so­cial as­sis­tance, to train in de­manded pro­fes­sions and then to find a job. In this re­gard, the Com­mis­sion for the prepa­ra­tion of pro­pos­als aimed at rad­i­cally im­prov­ing the sys­tem of state sup­port for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties was es­tab­lished, and the sphere was thor­oughly stud­ied. Tak­ing into ac­count the opin­ions ex­pressed at the meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pub­lic, the De­cree «On mea­sures for cardinal im­prove­ment of the state sup­port sys­tem for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties» was adopted. Ac­cord­ing to the de­cree, such priv­i­leges and op­por­tu­ni­ties were granted to such peo­ple.

Our goal is to en­sure the real power of the peo­ple, not in words, but in deeds. This is the main re­quire­ment of the cur­rent dif­fi­cult time in which we live. There­fore, we must or­ga­nize our ac­tiv­i­ties on the ba­sis of the motto «Our great fu­ture be­gins to­day,» to direct all forces and op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure the pros­per­ous life of our peo­ple.

Speak­ing about this, I want to draw your at­ten­tion to the fol­low­ing pri­or­ity is­sues.

irst, in the daily ac­tiv­i­ties of state bod­ies, the con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ple of the pri­or­ity of hu­man rights and free­doms must be en­sured un ues­tion­ingly.

The task of study­ing and solv­ing prob­lems and cares of peo­ple must be car­ried out in prac­tice, reg­u­larly go­ing to places.

In this con­nec­tion, I would like to note that the Peo­ple's Re­cep­tion Cen­ters, or­ga­nized in each district and city, have be­come an in­te­gral sys­tem for the prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion of many press­ing prob­lems of peo­ple. For one year they have con­sid­ered about 1.5 mil­lion ap­peals.

Nat­u­rally, as the stan­dard of liv­ing of the pop­u­la­tion grows, the num­ber of cit­i­zens' ap­peals will de­crease with the so­lu­tion of many prob­lems on the ground.

There­fore, to­day the is­sue of or­ga­niz­ing ef­fec­tive pro­vi­sion of pub­lic ser­vices through the Peo­ple's Re­cep­tion of­fices, with the merger of rel­e­vant func­tions of all state or­ga­ni­za­tions and «One Win­dow» cen­ters un­der the Min­istry of Jus­tice, is be­ing con­sid­ered. It is en­vis­aged that th­ese is­sues will be di­rectly han­dled by the Ser­vice for the Pro­tec­tion of Cit­i­zens' Rights, con­trol and co­or­di­na­tion of work with ap­peals of in­di­vid­u­als and le­gal en­ti­ties of the Pres­i­dent's Of­fice.

econd, we all must deeply un­der­stand the essence of the con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ple of democ­racy.

To do this, it is nec­es­sary to widely im­ple­ment the ac­count­abil­ity of ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies at all lev­els to peo­ple's rep­re­sen­ta­tives - the par­lia­ment and the lo­cal Ken­gashes of peo­ple's deputies. Mech­a­nisms for par­lia­men­tary, rep­re­sen­ta­tive and pub­lic con­trol should be fur­ther de­vel­oped. A pre­req­ui­site for the prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of this prin­ci­ple is to en­sure the trans­parency of gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Third, en­sur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of con­sti­tu­tional norms in the field of pro­tect­ing the health of cit­i­zens, which is our greatest wealth, should be­come a pri­or­ity di­rec­tion of state pol­icy.

Our pri­mary task re­mains to im­prove the sys­tem of qual­i­fied med­i­cal care, in­crease to the mod­ern level of dis­ease pre­ven­tion, the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ser­vices of pa­tron­age and screen­ing, the sys­tem of pro­vid­ing the pop­u­la­tion with af­ford­able and high-qual­ity medicines. We will also se­ri­ously work to pop­u­lar­ize a healthy life­style, the growth of med­i­cal cul­ture in so­ci­ety.

ourth, our ac­tiv­i­ties should be aimed at se­cur­ing the most im­por­tant con­sti­tu­tional norm - so­cial jus­tice.

So­cial jus­tice is the pro­vi­sion of equal­ity be­fore the law for all cit­i­zens, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal views, gen­der, na­tion­al­ity, lan­guage and re­li­gious be­liefs. This is equal­ity of op­por­tu­ni­ties in ed­u­ca­tion, medicine and other spheres. This is a guar­an­tee and free­dom of work, equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer growth. Most im­por­tantly, it is the care of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the older gen­er­a­tion and cit­i­zens in need of so­cial pro­tec­tion.

ifth, en­sur­ing the con­sti­tu­tional rights of cit­i­zens to free­dom of thought, speech and con­vic­tion is a key con­di­tion for build­ing a de­vel­oped demo­cratic state and a strong civil so­ci­ety.

To­day, in the process of demo­cratic re­forms, we must en­sure the full re­al­iza­tion of the po­ten­tial of cit­i­zens seek­ing to take direct and ac­tive part in the po­lit­i­cal and pub­lic life of the coun­try. An im­por­tant role in this is played by the de­vel­op­ment of a multi-party sys­tem, in­ter-party dis­cus­sions, com­pe­ti­tion of opin­ions and pro­grams.

The mass me­dia are called upon to be­come an ef­fec­tive tool for bring­ing the needs of the pop­u­la­tion to the au­thor­i­ties, the clos­est aide to the peo­ple, a mir­ror of democ­racy. The main di­rec­tion of their ac­tiv­i­ties should be a crit­i­cal and ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment of the work of gov­ern­ment bod­ies and man­age­ment, iden­ti­fy­ing and high­light­ing short­com­ings, top­i­cal prob­lems in var­i­ous fields.

i th, an­other im­por­tant task for us is the con­sis­tent im­ple­men­ta­tion of the prin­ci­ple of mu­tual re­spon­si­bil­ity of cit­i­zens, the state and so­ci­ety, the con­nec­tion of their rights and obli­ga­tions.

This prin­ci­ple serves as the ba­sis for ef­fec­tive in­ter­ac­tion of the state and the in­di­vid­ual, the state and civil so­ci­ety in the so­lu­tion of im­por­tant tasks fac­ing our coun­try.

We must strengthen the on­go­ing work to strengthen the at­mos­phere of friend­ship and har­mony pre­vail­ing in our so­ci­ety, re­spect and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent na­tions and na­tion­al­i­ties liv­ing in the coun­try.

eventh, en­sur­ing in prac­tice the free­dom of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity, the in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of pri­vate prop­erty will con­tinue to be a pri­or­ity di­rec­tion of state pol­icy.

With­out ex­ag­ger­a­tion, we can say that the con­sis­tent im­ple­men­ta­tion of this con­sti­tu­tional norm will de­ter­mine the essence and con­tent of all the mea­sures we take to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of a so­cially-ori­ented mar­ket econ­omy.

I want to em­pha­size once again: ob­struc­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties of en­trepreneurs will be per­ceived as con­tra­dict­ing state pol­icy.

ighth, we must en­sure the un­con­di­tional ful­fill­ment of the con­sti­tu­tional norm that the epub­lic of Uzbek­istan guar­an­tees le­gal pro­tec­tion to its cit­i­zens both on the ter­ri­tory of the coun­try and abroad.

Un­for­tu­nately, now we have not paid enough at­ten­tion to pro­tect­ing the rights of our cit­i­zens work­ing abroad. To­day our com­pa­tri­ots are en­gaged abroad not only with un­skilled la­bor, but with sci­ence, they work in the bank­ing and fi­nan­cial sys­tem, in the field of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies.

Given this, to­day our at­ti­tude towards the cit­i­zens of the repub­lic, work­ing and re­ceiv­ing ed­u­ca­tion in other coun­tries on le­gal grounds, is rad­i­cally chang­ing. The Gov­ern­ment of Uzbek­istan will com­pre­hen­sively pro­tect the rights and in­ter­ests of cit­i­zens of our coun­try, wher­ever they may be. We have al­ready taken the first steps in this di­rec­tion. An agree­ment has been reached with Rus­sia on la­bor mi­gra­tion. Spe­cial del­e­ga­tions from Uzbek­istan travel abroad and meet with our com­pa­tri­ots. To­gether with lo­cal gov­ern­ment bod­ies, the nec­es­sary mea­sures are taken to im­prove the con­di­tions of their work and res­i­dence, and en­sure the rights.

We con­sider the most im­por­tant fac­tor in achiev­ing the lofty goals we are fac­ing, the con­sis­tent con­tin­u­a­tion of close co­op­er­a­tion with the world com­mu­nity. We will con­tinue to strengthen con­struc­tive, mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tions with all coun­tries of the far and near abroad, first of all with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

As the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan and the guar­an­tor of the Con­sti­tu­tion, I con­sider it my sa­cred duty to en­sure the rule of law in our so­ci­ety, the pro­tec­tion of the rights and free­doms of ev­ery cit­i­zen.

Years, cen­turies will pass, but our Con­sti­tu­tion will un­doubt­edly re­main the main law of life for new gen­er­a­tions, a solid foun­da­tion in solv­ing the prob­lems that time will put be­fore them.

The grand meet­ing ended with a large con­cert pro­gram ded­i­cated to the on­go­ing re­forms in the coun­try, the great changes that are tak­ing place in our life.

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